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They're as cuddly as teddy bears and yet will quickly jump to their human companion's defense when a real or perceived danger arises. For that we all love them dearly, and many treat them like members of the family.

How you take care of your own man's best friend is entirely up to you, but there is one thing that every dog's human will find frustrating and expensive to deal: The habit of dogs chewing on anything they can get their teeth into when they reach a certain age.

For car enthusiasts who also happen to be dog lovers, there are few things more painful than seeing that your faithful four-legged companion has literally sunk their teeth into your four-wheeled pride.

Here are a few tips to help prevent that from happening:

1) Separation. The quick and sometimes easy is keep them away from your car (or other things) that you don't want to be chewed up. Either keep your canine compadres in their own areas or restrict their access to your car. This can be easier said than done when you don't have a parking area or garage that can be fenced or closed off. If you do, good for you. Make the most of it and don't forget to keep the door closed to prevent your sharp-toothed companions away from your car. It will be the best thing you can do to avoid having them use your car as a chew toy.

2) Toys. Speaking of chew toys, give them a couple to keep them busy and not take interest in anything else (let's hope so, at least). Think of them as fidget spinners for dogs. In addition, when dogs or puppies are at the teething stage they will need to chew on something to relieve pain. Providing them something that's disposable to chew on is a better option than discovering that they've chosen to gnaw on a plastic piece of your car (like a bumper). If you're lucky, your dogs will outgrow it before they reach 24 months of age.

3) Deterrent. Discourage them by making their favorite surfaces less palatable. The favorite go-to will always be something like pepper or some other nasal irritant that discourages contact before they can get sink their jaws into your car. Frequency of reapplication will be as often as you wash your car, or until your furry pal outgrows his chewing habit.

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4) Active deterrent. Distract or draw attention away from the object your dog is interested in by calling for them before they start. This is a little bit more difficult as you have to catch them before they commit the crime.

5) Train. Somewhat related to number four is to show them who's boss and take ownership of your car. Use body language and behavior to instill the idea that your car (or bike, furniture, etc.) is yours alone. They can have the scraps, so to speak, and chew on whatever you choose to give to them (preferably number 2).

Ferman Lao
Technical Editor
Wearing the hats of a race car driver, driving instructor, grease monkey, tuner, dyno operator, auto shop owner, motoring journalist and CAGI president at one time or another, or all at once, deep down he's just another guy who loves cars.
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